Autumn Book Haul

It’s that time of year again: our local library’s semi-annual book sale just passed and as usual, I came away with a huge stack of books. Here’s a quick list of them: do let me know if you’ve read any of them and what you thought! Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot –Continue reading “Autumn Book Haul”

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Bookish Links — September 2016

One of the many odd questions that often occurs to me while I’m reading is “How old is [insert character’s name here]?” So I was excited to find this article by an Oxford English professor explaining how he figures (Hamlet’s age. (Hint: it’s not thirty.) My other favorite article this month was this piece by Austin Allen forContinue reading “Bookish Links — September 2016”

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Bookish Links—August 2016

As if you needed another reason to read books: it turns out reading might help you live longer. This month, a previously-undiscovered castle was excavated in the UK . . . and it might be tied to the historical King Arthur. Remember Andrew Gulli? The guy who found and published a lost F. Scott FitzgeraldContinue reading “Bookish Links—August 2016”

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Bookish Links—July 2016

Just before the great Elie Wiesel passed away earlier this month, the magazine Tablet posted this essay about Wiesel’s little-known articles for the Yiddish newspaper The Forverts, articles in which he describes, among other things, his first impressions of the American west and his first trip to Disneyland. (HT: The Paris Review.) Following the publication last MayContinue reading “Bookish Links—July 2016”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Music and Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Since this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a free-for-all, I thought I’d go back in the archives and do a topic I missed a while ago, “Books and Music.” Below is a list of songs that, for one reason or another,Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Music and Books”

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Current Reads

So. Things have been a little quite around here lately, I know. But while I haven’t been posting, I have been busy reading, buying, and writing about books. Here are just a few of the things I’ve been reading lately and hope to feature on the blog soon: Macbeth by William Shakespeare – Easily oneContinue reading “Current Reads”

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“Canal Bank Walk” by Patrick Kavanagh

Today is the feast day of St. Columba, which has me thinking a lot about Ireland and about poets, Columba being the patron saint of both. As much as there is to love in the poetry of the Americas, Great Britain, and elsewhere, Irish poetry seems to strike a chord with me that no otherContinue reading ““Canal Bank Walk” by Patrick Kavanagh”

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Bookish Links — May 2016

For the past few weeks, The Oddest Inkling has hosted a guest post for each poem in Charles Williams’s 1938 collection Taliessin through Logres. In case you missed them, here’s the whole list of posts. Speaking of Arthurian literature, here’s a great post by David Russell Mosley on why the King Arthur legends have beenContinue reading “Bookish Links — May 2016”

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Spring Library Sale

Our local library had its semi-annual book sale some weeks ago, and now finally, I’m here to blog the results! (And sorry there are no pictures. The camera’s not cooperating today.) On to the list: Best Film Plays, 1943-44 edited by John Gassner and Dudley Nichols A collection of ten classic screenplays, among them TheContinue reading “Spring Library Sale”

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Bookish Links — April 2016

Since April is National Poetry Month, I decided that this post would focus solely on poetry-related links. But, because this month also saw the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (and the 452nd anniversary of his birth, although no one knows exactly when it was), I threw in some Shakespeare links too. From Ciera Horton, here’sContinue reading “Bookish Links — April 2016”

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The Poetry Month Tag

In case you haven’t heard, April is National Poetry Month! I’m excited, of course, and even more so because several of my favorite bloggers have already done and are planning lots of poetry-related posts this month. One of those bloggers is “Hamlette” of The Edge of the Precipice, who made up this little tag asContinue reading “The Poetry Month Tag”

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